Republican Sen. John Thune said Thursday that any delay of President Obama’s health care law, a set of reforms his party views as harmful, “is a good thing.”
Mr. Thune, of South Dakota, was responding to the White House’s sudden decision to put off the Affordable Care Act’s “employer mandate,” which requires companies with 50 or more workers to provide adequate health coverage or pay fines.
Republican critics of the law seized on the delay as proof the overall law is flawed, although some question whether the GOP set the law up for failure and is taking their glee too far.
“We’re sort of responding to where the public is on this,” Mr. Thune told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” noting polls that show high unfavorability ratings for the law.
The senator acknowledged there are health care issues that need to be fixed, such as making sure people with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. However, he objected to the way Democratic majorities forged “Obamacare” in 2010.
He said Congress did not need “a massive bill” with new taxes and regulations to deal with “discrete problems in the health care system.”